K. Orfeo Fioretos

Associate Professor

456 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk


International Relations, International Political Economy, Global Governance, European Politics


Orfeo Fioretos is Associate Professor of Political Science with a primary research and teaching focus in international relations, political economy, and organization. He earned his BA from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts. He is former president of the International History and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and has been a guest researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin; Sciences-Po, Paris; University of California – Berkeley; Washington University in Saint Louis; and Georgetown University.  Fioretos received the 2017-18 Fulbright King’s College London Research Award.

Fioretos’ research is focused on the politics of markets and international institutions. He is author of Creative Reconstructions:  Multilateralism and European Varieties of Capitalism After 1950 (Cornell University Press, 2011), editor of International Politics and Institutions in Time (Oxford University Press, 2017), and co-editor with Tulia G. Falleti and Adam Sheingate of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2016). His work also appears in International OrganizationReview of International Political EconomyComparative Political StudiesJournal of European Public PolicyReview of International Studies, and edited volumes.  Ongoing projects examine the politics of informal international institutions, legacies of global economic conferences, and shifts in the distribution of regulatory authority between national, transnational, and intergovernmental forums.

Selected Publications

International Politics and Institutions in Time, editor.  Oxford University Press, 2017.

The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, editor with T. Falleti and A. Sheingate.  Oxford University Press, 2016.

Retrofitting Financial Globalization: Intense Incrementalism and Post-Crisis Reform.  In Explaining Developments in World Politics, edited by T. Rixen, L. Viola and M. Zürn. Oxford University Press, 2016: 68-95.

Historical Institutionalism in International Relations, International Organization 65 (2) 2011: 367-399.

Capitalist Diversity and the International Regulation of Hedge Funds, Review of International Political Economy 17 (4) 2010: 696-723.

Courses Taught

0866 World Affairs

1301 Introduction to International Politics

2321 Politics of the Global Economy

4896 Capstone: Governing Globalization

8301 (Graduate) International Relations

8303 (Graduate) International Political Economy

8330 (Graduate) Issues in IR:  Developments in International Institutions


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